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Mr Liang Eng Hwa: To ask the Minister for
the Environment and Water Resources (a) what is the total number of smoking
related complaints received in each of the past two years; (b) of these, how
many were caught smoking in prohibited areas; and (c) how effective has thermal
cameras been in enforcing smoking restrictions in prohibited areas.
Reply by Mr
National Environment Agency (NEA) received about 19,000 and 25,000 instances of
feedback related to smoking in 2017 and 2018 respectively. In 2018, more than
30,000 tickets were issued by NEA for smoking in prohibited places, up from
more than 22,000 tickets in 2017.
has made about 90 thermal camera deployments in residential areas with
persistent feedback on smoking issues since January 2019. The thermal cameras complement
NEA’s surveillance in smoking-prohibited places to detect unlawful smoking at common
corridors, lift lobbies or staircase landings. These thermal cameras are able
to detect objects emitting high heat and capture images of the smoking offence.
uses the images captured by the thermal cameras along with other forms of
evidence such as public feedback, for investigations. Thus far, about 70% of the
deployments have captured smoking incidences, and NEA is investigating these
cases. NEA will take enforcement action against smoking offenders whose
identities have been established.
urge smokers to be mindful of the health of others,
and not light up in smoking-prohibited places. Families and friends of smokers,
as well as the general public, can help reinforce the right social norms
through reminders. Ultimately, we want to help smokers kick the habit for the
benefit of their own health, their loved ones, and the community.
Last updated: 06 Aug 2019
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